Fortunato gets four hits, d'Arnaud three

Raul Fortunato broke out of a slump and West Virginia won its seventh straight, Matt Hague hit his third HR in four games, and Altoona suffered a stomping of major proportions

Sunday's games:

-- A three-run 9th-inning rally fell short and Indianapolis lost to Buffalo, 6-5. Starter Brooks Brown allowed five runs over five innings. Erik Cordier fanned five of the six batters he faced in relief. Chase d'Arnaud went 3-5 with a double and a steal. Matt Hague hit his fourth HR and third in his last four games.

-- Altoona gave up nine runs in the first inning and went on to suffer a 20-9 shellacking to Richmond. Starter Luis Sanz failed to retire any of the six batters he faced. Jason Townsend followed and allowed three inherited runners to score, then eventually gave up seven of his own. Quinton Miller and Kenn Kasparek gave up seven more. The only effective pitchers the Curve had were position players Kelson Brown and Andy Vasquez, who each tossed a scoreless inning. Altoona's offense ironically had one of its best days, with each starter other than the pitcher getting a hit. The Curve also drew ten walks. Mel Rojas, Jr., had two hits and two walks, Adalberto Santos had two hits and one walk, and Justin Howard went 1-2 with three walks.

-- Bradenton got stomped by St. Lucie, 8-2. Starter Robby Rowland gave up two runs in four innings on three hits, two walks and two hit batsmen. He struck out one. Matt Benedict followed and gave up four runs to let the game get away. Alen Hanson went 2-4 with a triple and Willy Garcia 2-4 with a double. Gregory Polanco went 1-4.

-- West Virginia won its seventh straight, beating Lakewood, 8-3. Raul Fortunato (pictured) went 4-5 with a double and three-run HR, his third. Francisco Diaz went 2-3 and got hit by a pitch following Fortunato's HR, which resulted in the ejection of the Lakewood starter. Diaz is starting behind the plate for the Power now because Wyatt Mathisen has gone on the disabled list as the result of being hit by a pitch last Thursday. Stetson Allie went 2-5 with two strikeouts. Josh Bell went 0-2 with two strikeouts and three walks. Dilson Herrera went 1-5 and Jonathan Schwind hit his second HR. Orlando Castro allowed three runs, two earned, over five innings on nine hits and no walks. He struck out five. Ryan Hafner followed with two perfect innings, striking out four. He now has 41 Ks in 29.1 IP. Pat Ludwig fanned four more in his two innings, giving the team 13 for the game.

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